Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The last day of the Golden Week

May 5th is the national holiday called "Children's Day". At this time of the season, huge carp streamers are floating in the sky at private houses with small children or at public parks. It's really fun to look at. Inside a house, we display dolls or ornaments for this day. Every item is displayed with parents' wishes that their children will be blessed with good health and happiness.

When my children were small, it was one of the family annual events. (See also this past post.) Even today since we have a cluster of national holidays called "Golden week" starting from the end of April to May 5, it's a good time for my son and my daughter who both are off from work and school and spend more time with us going out and eating out. That's the recent way of enjoying our "Children's Day", the last day of the "Golden week".
My daily routine will come back tomorrow.

10 comments:

Au and Target said...

sounds wonderful!

Anya said...

Have fun today
sounds great :))))

Janine said...

We also celebrate May 5th, it is our liberation day, this because we (now 67 years ago) where on May 5 during the second world war freed by the allies. This Liberation Day a national holiday in the Netherlands. best wishes from Jeany

The Chair Speaks said...

Thanks for bringing back memories. In the 60s, school children were treated to free film shows and treats.

photojoy said...

Thank you everyone for each comment.
It's really what I love about blogging. I can learn something new as well as tell my own story. Have a nice day.

Maki said...

Aw "Kodomo no Hi"!!!! I miss everything about those Japanese holidays - "Hinamatsuri", too:)

Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments and support - I missed you!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

What a great tradition, I remember you posted about it last year! I'm not sure you have the same Mother's day this weekend. But wishing you the same, "Happy mother's Day!"
~hik-Domo*

Saucy said...

We used to hang those lovely carp streamers around our house in the summer... my mother and father brought them back from their first trip to Japan!

photojoy said...

Thanks everyone for leaving nice comments. It's so good to know someone reading my blog.

Anya said...

I'm always looking here for a new post ;)))))

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